NEW DELHI, December 14 – BUSINESS STANDARD – In India almost all star-rated hotels in the tourist hotspots of Goa, Kerala and Rajasthan are reporting total sellout of room inventory for New Year’s Eve, even though hospitality rates for that period have been more than doubled. Top properties of brands such as the Taj, Leela, Marriott, Hyatt, Oberoi and Holiday Inn, to name a few, have seen a substantial jump in room rates across locations frequented by tourists.– FINANCIAL EXPRESS – Higher export of shrimps due to shortage in other origins helped India perform better during the first half of the current FY. Weakening of the rupee has helped the Indian seafood exporters to get better realisation for their products. Compared to the same period in previous year, the exports recorded a growth of 0.12% in quantity, 19.91% in rupee earning and 23.01% growth in US dollar earning. As per the provisional figures provided by the Marine Exports Product Development Authority (MPEDA), the export of marine products from India during April to September 2011 was worth about US $1,496.34 million. – ECONOMIC TIMES – Though Honda Siel Cars India has stopped production of its just-launched Brio, it is not looking at suspending bookings for the small car. The company - severely hit by the floods in Thailand, the only country which sells Brio apart from India and from where Honda sources critical parts - says it has finalized alternative sourcing arrangements and should be able to return to normal production by February or March. Honda has also suspended bookings and production of Jazz hatchback. – ECONOMIC TIMES – The food processing industry wants the government to go ahead with its decision to allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail saying it will bring in modern infrastructure and technology. After the government put on hold its decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail amid stiff resistance from opposition, including allies of UPA, the DIPP has started a process of consultation with stakeholders, including different government departments, MSME, traders and farmers.